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U.S. get Dutch date for World Cup prep

The Netherlands will host United States in a World Cup warm-up at Amsterdam on March 3, with both teams likely to be at full strength for one of the last tune ups before the tournament in South Africa.

Nations are jockeying to find suitable opponents for March 3 - a FIFA match date - as coaches finalise squad selections and tweak their tactics to prepare for the types of opposition they will encounter come June.

The United States have lost on all three occasions they've met the Dutch, including a 1-0 defeat at Amsterdam in 2004. The Americans will now have faced FIFA's top four ranked nations in recent times, with the third-ranked Dutch adding to Spain, Brazil and Italy.

The U.S. opens next year's schedule against Honduras on Jan. 23 at Carson, Calif., and is trying to arrange a home game against Mexico in late February.

The Americans start the World Cup in South Africa on June 12 against England, play Slovenia on June 18 and Algeria on June 23, while the Dutch are in a group with Denmark, Japan and Cameroon.


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